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[PHOTOS] Protected Croatian Food Products Exhibition

Pag lamb on display as part of the exhibition

Pag lamb on display as part of the exhibition

An exhibition of Croatian food products whose trademarks have been protected at the European and national level, and those which are in the process or planning to get protection status, has been presented on St. Mark’s Square in Zagreb on Wednesday…

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković was among visitors to the exhibition which showcased 30 indigenous products, including salt and lamb from the island of Pag which was presented by breeder’s associations ‘Rogujica’, ‘Zaglava’ and ‘Kolan’.

Poljički soparnik was the latest product and 10th Croatian food product protected at EU level, joining pršut from Drniš, Krk, Istria and Dalmatia, extra virgin olive oil from Cres, mandarins from Neretva, sour cabbage from Ogulin, kulen from Baranja, and potatoes from Lika.

Poljički soparnik (photo credit: narodni.net)

Poljički soparnik (photo credit: narodni.net)

A number of other products are in the process of seeking or plan to seek similar protection.

Pršut already protected at EU level

Pršut already protected at EU level

Prominent Pag breeder Tomislav Vidas says he hopes that another product from the island will get EU protection status shortly – Paški sir (Pag cheese). The process however is not a simple one as it took 5 years for Pag lamb to get geographical protection status at the EU level.

Croatian PM checking out some Pag lamb

Croatian PM checking out some Pag lamb

In the first week of July the traditional Paški lamb & cheese exhibition will take place for the 16th year in a row on Pag. The event will further promote the diverse tourist offerings of the island, which high quality cuisine is becoming a more important feature of, as evidenced by the efforts of island producers to register their products as indigenous.

Pag cheese

Pag cheese

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